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Nov 30, 2006

Pullback-- what? Is that a Pullout or not?

Iraq Panel to Recommend Pullback of Combat Troops (NYT)

...The report recommends that Mr. Bush make it clear that he intends to start the withdrawal relatively soon, and people familiar with the debate over the final language said the implicit message was that the process should begin sometime next year.

The report leaves unstated whether the 15 combat brigades that are the bulk of American fighting forces in Iraq would be brought home, or simply pulled back to bases in Iraq or in neighboring countries. (A brigade typically consists of 3,000 to 5,000 troops.) From those bases, they would still be responsible for protecting a substantial number of American troops who would remain in Iraq, including 70,000 or more American trainers, logistics experts and members of a rapid reaction force....

“I think we’ve played a constructive role,” one person involved in the committee’s deliberations said, “but from the beginning, we’ve worried that this entire agenda could be swept away by events.”
I think the reactions on all sides to this will be quite interesting. Especially if it's rather unclear what exactly they mean.

美國"伊拉克研究小組"達成建議共識,將於12月6日向政府提出建言 (路透社)

路透社沒有紐約時報的消息 , 就是說伊拉克研究小組的共識包括折返美軍.被翻譯以後 , 你可以用 "伊拉克研究小組" 在Yahoo上亦或在Google News上來找報到. "折返" 是拉回到伊拉克國內的美軍總部,還是到美國內, 還是到中東地區的美軍總部 , 都還不清楚.

伊總理突然取消與布什高調晚宴 (香港文匯報) 分析:伊拉克政府緣何禍起蕭牆 (新華網)
美質疑伊總理能力 (多維新聞 ) 特稿﹕伊總理為何突然取消與布什的晚宴 (多維新聞)

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